Art and architecture collide in Argyle Street this week, until January 23, with RAFT’s first pop-up exhibition in Tasmania. This Alice Springs-based gallery has teamed with Core Collective Architects in Hobart to bring art from the Top End. If you know Franklin Restaurant, you know Core Collective’s brilliant work. These guys won 2015 TAS Australian Institute of Architects Award for Commercial Architecture for their work on the redevelopment of The Press Hall, now home to Franklin Restaurant, Tasmanian Juice Press, Pigeon Whole Bakers and Core Collective Architects’ studio.
Head upstairs above Franklin Restaurant (book in for dinner while you’re there) and you’ll find RAFT’s exhibition in Core Collective’s studio. This significant show from North East Arnhem Land puts a contemporary spin on an ancient visual language.
The show features works from Yirrkala, Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre:
• a multimedia work by Wukun Wanambi
•three large scale paintings on board by Nonngirrnna Marawili
•a number of bark paintings, two by Nonngirrnna and three by Djirrirra Wunungmurra
•two beautiful, intricate burial poles by Malaluba Gumana
•4 smaller scale carved wooden sculptures, figurative based, by Baluka Mayburu
•8 large carved wooden mokuy sculptures (about 2m) by Nawurapu Wunungmurra. These are very impressive and really inhabit the space. They have been installed in such a way that they really capture the viewer as the enter the space, and then again as they move around it. They are somewhat frightening while at the same time curious and friendly.
•and 3 smaller carved wooden sculptures (1-1.5m) by Napuwarri Marawili
ABOUT RAFT ARTSPACE
Raft Artspace is a gallery intent on showing strong works by indigenous and local artists in a contemporary context. Director, Dallas Gold, originally started it in Darwin, and after 9 years there moved it to Alice Springs. He has developed strong ties with many of the arts centres around the Northern Territory, working closely with many of the artists in the hope to engage us with the beauty and power of their art and culture.
FIND OUT MORE
The show runs until 23rd of January, open Monday-Saturday, from 10am-5pm every day.
Images: courtesy of Raft Artspace & Core Collective Facebook pages, words Alice Hansen + Zoya Godoroja-Prieckaerts
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